Faith CoLab: Tapestry of Faith: A Place of Wholeness: A Program for Youth Exploring Their Own Unitarian Universalist Faith Journeys

Alternate Activity 1: Future Path

Activity time: 40 minutes

Materials for Activity

  • Newsprint, one sheet per participant
  • Markers, colored pencils and crayons

Preparation for Activity

  • Lay out the markers, colored pencils and crayons.

Description of Activity

Journey has been a theme throughout this program, but we have not thoroughly examined one aspect of that journey-the future. The close of the program is a good time to explore what the future might hold.

Begin by reading or summarizing the following:

The idea of journey has been an important part of this program. We started with the story of the Great Migration and then moved to John Murray's journey to the United States. We looked at Unitarian Universalism's journey in racial justice as well as freedom struggles. But that was mostly about looking back and exploring our roots. Now it is time to return to the ways that we become wings for our living tradition. We must ask ourselves what journeys we see for our future.

Give each participant a sheet of newsprint, and invite them to draw a picture or a map of what they think their faith journey will look like in the coming years. Ask, "Where will you go?", "What will you see?", and "Who will you meet?"

Give them 10-15 minutes to map their faith journey. When they are done, invite them to share their drawings with the rest of the group.

After each participant has shared, lead a discussion using the following questions:

  • What do you need to help you on this journey?
  • How will you get that help?
  • Who do you need to help you on the journey?